Wednesday, February 27, 2008

It's Good to be the King



My colleague Kara Millsap's first grade class invited me to an art lesson in February in which I got to dress up like royalty and the students drew my portrait! They did a great job capturing my regal expression and my monarch's clothes.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Polaroid Getting Out of Polaroids



The New York Times reports that digital photography has finally killed the Polaroid instant film. Polaroid quit producing commercial instant photography equipment two years ago and killed off its consumer models last year.

I guess it is time to go stockpile film for the two Polaroid Land Cameras that I have: a model 100, used to shoot the photo above, "Chunkulation," as well as a folding-style camera that I own but have not replaced the battery or yet shot film on. Now is the time! Meg owns a JoyCam, an inexpensive last-gasp effort Polaroid put out in the mid-1990s, but we haven't used that one in years, either. Polaroid claims to have manufactured enough film to last through 2009, though I think it prudent to get it while you can. The article does note, however, that it is willing to license the technologies to third parties to continue producing film.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Pentacycle



Via BoingBoing, French artist Vincent Lamouroux's 2002 project Pentacycle. An "object, text & video," I am particularly enamored by Lamouroux's fanciful Pentacycle, a wheeled device built to transport him along an 18 km stretch of monorail track built for a canceled AĆ©rotrain project from the 1970s.

As an resident of Seattle, I am always a sucker for a good Monorail story. Particularly one like this, that builds upon the failure of a monorail system in such a whimsical and forward-thinking way.